Voices from the Community


"We were not prepared to handle this transaction by ourselves. We needed an expert that knew the options, how to meet the donor’s intent, and how to maximize benefits for Jacob’s Heart. Sam made the whole thing easy."

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Lori Butterworth


Why We Exist

In 1982, a storm dropped 25 inches of rain on Santa Cruz County over three days, causing devastating flooding and mudslides. Generous people looking to help were searching for a central organization to send donations to—one that would support the long-term recovery efforts. But, such an organization didn’t yet exist. Community Foundation Santa Cruz County was formed to meet that need.

The Freedom to Play

Community rallies to build safe place to play for children in Pájaro Valley.

$1.8 million in 2021 Community Grants Will Help Healing Take Root

$1.8 million in Community Grants will help Santa Cruz County heal and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Celebrating 32 Remarkable Students in a Remarkable Year

Community Foundation awards over $300,000 in scholarships

Life Through Optimistic Eyes

Scholarship continues a legacy of community service.

Driving Dreams of Higher Education

Scholarship fund powers a legacy of student success.

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